manuscript

But when?

I’ve had 3 reps since I first contracted with a publisher. They are being very patient. I’m still here, juggling chainsaws and eggs, and yes, still working, but no, I haven’t crawled into my bed with the covers over my head. Just because this blog looks dormant doesn’t mean I’m not doing something. This blog is a placeholder. I write anywhere from 500-3000 words a day. Every. Single. Day. Some of them are public. Some of them are not. Once in awhile I do 5000 and then come up for air feeling very disoriented.

I had a plan a couple of years ago. It was a good plan. Great big stuff happened all around me, blowing up my 3, 6, and 12 month work schedule. I revamped, salvaged like a madman, and spent a crazy year recreating even though stuff continued to blow up all around me on a regular basis. I can complain about it, or I can roll with it and accept that this is my life and that’s how my stuff gets done, on the run in between the kinds of interruptions that would drive someone like Stephen King insane. Honestly, I’d like to see anyone be prolific and successful under my roof, but I’m rooting for moi in particular.

There is a book by Erma Bombeck called If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits? I love her. She was very different from Stephen King. I doubt he ever produced a book with a manual typewriter on a card table in a corner of his kitchen full of dishes and kids. I don’t have an office, I don’t have hours I can block off without interruptions, and I certainly don’t have anyone to talk to in real life about the ups and downs of wrestling a pile of books out of one’s head when they’re all trying to come out at once while both my daughters are having babies. So I resort to other authors for therapy for the “unspeakable horrors of the literary life”, like Unstrung Harp, Or, Mr. Earbrass Writes a Novel by Edward Gorey.

My ADHD husband is being exceptionally patient with this process, and if he can be this patient, so can my publisher. If this runs on for ten years or something, yes, then I’m as bad as Larry from Throw Momma From the Train, but we’re not there yet and I don’t have any sign of writer’s block.

I’ve thought about shutting off my public content for awhile, including a vacation from twitter, but I remember what I was like before I found twitter and started up my public writing again, and I don’t see good things coming of that. I don’t see marketable content coming out of me shutting myself off from the world. If anything, all that will do is quickly kill the web presence I’ve worked so hard to reestablish. After some thought, I decided that family takes priority the rest of December and I’m going to enjoy the holidays, especially as so many in the recent past have been very difficult. I’m going to enjoy being public and sharing my life with my friends and family.

January will be a different story. I’m very tired of this dragging on and want this current project ~done~. I’ve also started plans on the next project. I’m ready to move along and start really having fun with all this stuff that’s in my head. I’m crossing all my phalanges that moving forward will continue to grow easier, as it has over the last couple of months. As I finalize the initial push onto a new track in my life, this blog will become my touch base for product. In the meantime, happy holidays!

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lol, ppl chkng 2 C wazzup

Sorry, you guys checking to see what’s going on, kind of left you hanging! This pic won the poll for the author pic going onto the back cover of my first book. The picture clicks to the poll post.  photo 4bigsmile.gif Thank you to the participants that made this really fun on facebook and twitter!

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And then I went on vacation and you all never heard from me again…  photo 6wha.gif

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I’m back, wrapping things up, my final hard set date for EVERYTHING is June 26th. It’s personal and carries deep meaning for me and my family. If I wind up going beyond this date, I truly suck.  photo crazy.gif

If you want to keep up with me in real time, please to click the left side drop down menu above my name on the cool graphic at the top of my page. Nearly everything I do is linked in that little purple cave. Thank you for stopping by to check on me while I work!  photo music.gif It’s not out yet, but you can like my first book page at Existential Aspie on facebook.

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A time distortion field diverted me through an alien attack and a big ass movie review, so it turns out my manuscript will skid past my arbitarily self-inflicted pre-vacation deadline. However, I’ll be taking my work with me just in case, since I got so much done during vacation last year. I mean, who knows, right? Actually, it means that my friends were kind enough to walk away instead of voting no in the last poll because they knew stuff like this was coming (or not, but they know ME). Wow, the way this theme creates links makes it feel like a Strong Bad cartoon hiding Easter eggs. There’s a new sbemail up in case you gave up checking, click this capture to go watch it. By the way, y’all know after it’s over you can mouse over and look for Easter eggs, right?

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If you liked that and you’re jumping up and down because you’ve never seen Strong Bad before, you can start all over with ‘some kinda robot‘ and work your way up the list.

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The countdown is on!

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Help me choose an author pic

One of the things on my materials list for submission is an author picture for the back cover. Scott doesn’t like the one I chose, and I’m not crazy about the two he chose. I could just about throw a dart at this point, and I thought Hey, why not let my friends choose for me? So I collected a few fun pictures and created a poll, and at the end of the month I’ll let you know which one wins.

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